"The Indian tribal art, a new field of exploration of contemporary art" Le Monde Like India itself, its contemporary art is multifaceted, reflecting the diverse cultures this vast country is made up of: dominant, minority, global, local, urban and rural. This book offers a unique insight into the work of contemporary artists from India's minorities, the hundreds of tribes scattered across India's social labyrinth. It presents a selection of 30 painters discovered by the Indian authorities and some that are today among the country's emerging artists. They include Jivya Soma Mashe, the legendary artist from the Warli tribe and Jangarh Singh Shyam. Each artist is dedicated a richly illustrated chapter. The book includes an introduction to the different community groups the artists come from.
Herve Perdriolle is a collector, art critic and exhibition curator. He was the promoter of Figuration Libre and was associated with the first exhibitions of Jean Michel Basquiat and Ravinder Reddy in France. Since 1996 he has been mainly involved in raising the profile of the "other Indian masters" through the works of the leading contemporary artists in the tribal and popular art of India. He was in charge of the Indian contribution to the Lyon Biennale in 2000 and organised a meeting in India between Richard Long and Jivya Soma Mashe, the legendary artist from the Warli tribe. This meeting gave rise to two exhibitions, one at the Kunst Palast Museum in Dusseldorf in 2003, the other at PAC in Milan in 2004. Jean Hubert Martin is a curator and art historian. He organised the famous exhibition Magicians of the Earth in 1989 and is still one of the major figure in the contemporary art world. He has been the director of: Kunsthalle Berne, Musee national d'art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Musee national des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie and the Museum Kunst Palast Dusseldorf. He has been curator of Lyon (2000) and Moscow (2009) Biennials.